BIOTOPIA – Naturkundemuseum Bayern is a flagship project that benefits all of Bavaria. The concept is not limited to BIOTOPIA itself but will support a comprehensive and innovative network for the life sciences and natural sciences, which connects museums, educational institutions and research facilities throughout Bavaria.
NATURAL HISTORY NETWORK BAVARIA
The four regional museums of the Bavarian Natural History Collections in Bamberg, Bayreuth, Eichstätt and Nördlingen form the backbone of the future network. After initiating the Natural History Network Bavaria the museums successfully expanded their educational activity as well as their research work. They further benefit from improving the collaboration with the Museum Man and Nature and the State Collections and from initiating joint projects.
EXPANDING THE ACTIVITIES
With BIOTOPIA, this network will be strengthened and extended further. This includes joint communication and advertising activities as well as cooperation projects bringing together educational institutions and research facilities.
UNIQUE FOCUS AREAS
Another central aspect of the future network is the integration of additional partners. Each member will be developed as a destination with its own unique themes, making Bavaria’s groundbreaking research and stunning natural history come alive.
VOICES FROM THE NETWORK
PROF. DR. GERHARD HASZPRUNAR
Member of the BIOTOPIA Advisory Board
General Director of the Bavarian Natural History Collections
DR. MATHIAS MÄUSER
Director of the Naturkunde-Museum Bamberg
PROF. DR. STEFAN HÖLZL
Director of the Rieskrater-Museum Nördlingen
Museums are not the only potential partners for the network. Likewise, educational institutes and research facilities play an essential role. Among others, this includes ecological educational centres, environmental centres, national parks, zoos and botanical gardens. Beyond that, the network offers cooperations to schools, community colleges, universities, research facilities and State departments as well as to private initiatives and organisations.
In this extended state all network members and partners have a joint objective: To inspire engagement with the bio-, geo- and environmental sciences and foster awareness for sustainability and issues of environmental and nature protection.
New methods, excursions, trainings
Bavaria’s 6.138 schools will benefit from the network as well: This includes teaching materials, courses for teachers, or even the joint development of new ways of teaching and learning about natural sciences.
There will further be offers for schools which encourage visits to the Bavarian museums, the many environmental centres as well as visits to Munich.
Collaboration and Public Outreach
BIOTOPIA and the network will provide academic partners, including the Bavarian Natural History Collections and the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, with a platform to present current research to the public. Cooperations for research projects and applications are equally possible.
Beyond that, the network serves as contact for communicating research in the sense of public outreach.
Together, the Nymphenburg Palace, the Palace Gardens, the Botanical Gardens and BIOTOPIA – Naturkundemuseum Bayern will provide a unique gateway to an integrated natural-cultural experience in one place. These institutions will develop a connected Nature-Culture-Quarter that will have lasting benefits for visitors – the area will thus help to create a “museum without walls”, where the museum visit can be combined with active experiences and observations in natural surroundings.
In June 2020, the Museum Mensch und Natur celebrated its 30th anniversary - unfortunately, due to the Corona Pandemic, however, without a celebration or other public event. Since the museum has become very popular with many visitors over the past 30 years, this anniversary is now being honored with a launch in Google Arts & Culture.
Use the search function to select the Museum Mensch und Natur and get the opportunity to explore selected stories and objects. In addition, you can even visit our museum virtually via various museum views. Take your time to look at some of the most popular objects and maybe you will feel like visiting the museum live again.
A provocative call for the transformation of science museums into "idea colliders" that spark creative collaborations and connections. Gorman focuses on the dialogue between scientists and artists, designers, policymakers, and the public and considers the questions, ideas and experiences of each visitor as an important resource for a new kind of museum experience. The book can be ordered online in English and provides exciting insights into the planned BIOTOPIA – Naturkundemuseum Bayern in Munich and giving forward-looking models of science engagement around the world.
The BIOTOPIA annual review 2019 is now available for download! It includes exciting insights behind the scenes, an interview with Dr. Auguste von Bayern, a review of the EAT festival and much more! So it's worth a glance and whoever is enthusiastic about BIOTOPIA's vision is welcome to donate and become a sponsor.
With the new Citizen Science and Arts project www.dawn-chorus.org, thousands of bird voices from all over the world were collected and mapped in a global sound map in the first upload phase in 2020. The project, initiated by the Nantesbuch Foundation and BIOTOPIA, has now been awarded the UN Decade of Biodiversity.